In this video, Carrie Dils explains that before you can start using WordPress.com for your blog, you need to create an account. Learn how to sign up for a WordPress.com account, create a website, and start a blog with this video. Also, learn how to use the WordPress.com network to discover great content on the web published by other WordPress.com users.
- [Instructor] First things first, before you can get started creating amazing content, you've got to set up an account on wordpress.com. The only thing you need to get started is an email address. I'm going to use the free plan on this account, so I'll just scroll down and click this button. The first step here is to create the account with your email address, username, and password. Usernames are completely unique, so if you enter a username that's already in use by someone, you'll be prompted to select another name. The other thing that's unique is this email address. If you try to use an email address here that's already associated with a wordpress.com account, you'll be prompted either to use another email address, or to log in to your wordpress.com account and add a new website once you're logged in. One of the cool things about wordpress.com is that you can have multiple websites and manage them all from the same account. One more thing, if you've got a Google account, you can alternatively use that to create a new wordpress.com account. So once you're ready, go ahead and click that create your account button and you're on your way. This is going to walk us through a multi-part questionnaire that's going to ask you to make some decisions about some things, like choosing a theme or maybe a custom domain. And while these things are obviously important, know that all of the details we're about to enter here can be changed at any point in the future. In other words, don't overanalyze these initial decisions too much. So the first thing we're going to do is give a name to our site and my site that I'm creating for this course is going to be about my dogs, so I'm going to call it Dils Dogs. Next we're asked for what the site will be about and I'm just going to put that it's the adventures of Bert and Major Dils. Next we're asked to say what your primary goal is for the site, that and this one to five scale for how comfortable you are creating websites. Those are just data points for the folks at wordpress.com. It doesn't matter whether you answer those or not, so I'm just going to leave them blank and click continue. So the next step in this account creation process is choosing a domain name, and that's the address people will use to find my site. I'm going to type in Dils dogs and let's see what comes up. Okay, so I've got a few options here. Now there's this dilsdogs.wordpress.com, which is the free option and that's what I'm ultimately going to choose. Now if you want to take the word WordPress out of the domain name, it's going to suggest some paid options. The final option here is to take an existing domain if you already own one and you could choose that for the new site that you're creating. So just like license plates, custom domains are always more fun than generic domain names, like dilsdogs.wordpress.com, but that said, free things really speak to me. And if you're creating a blog to share with friends and family, a generic domain name with WordPress is just totally fine. On the other hand, if you're creating a website for your business or personal brand, strongly consider a custom domain name. It's much more professional. Keep in mind though that does require you to use one of the paid plans. So I'm just going to go ahead and click select by this dilsdogs.wordpress.com. I'm going to stick with the free plan, so I'll click the start with free. And after that, WordPress goes off to create my site. And when it's done, I land right here in the admin area for my site. Pretty cool. Of course, there's not really a whole lot to look at yet, but continue with me and I'll show you how to change that. Now after you do this step, you're also going to receive a confirmation email. That email will include a link or a button that you need to click in order to validate your email address. And one important thing to note, in order to publish post on your site you do need to verify your email address first by clicking that link sent in the confirmation email. So be sure you take care of that right away. And with that, you're the owner of a new wordpress.com website.
- Creating a WordPress.com account
- Editing your profile
- Publishing posts and pages
- Inserting images, videos, and other media
- Customizing your site with themes and widgets
- Managing users, notifications, and comments
- The limits of WordPress.com and the benefits of self-hosting